Fil-Ams urged to buy PH bananas

By Pia Lee-Brago, The Philippine Star

Posted at Sep 20 2013 08:23 AM | Updated as of Sep 20 2013 04:23 PM

MANILA - With the first shipment from Bukidnon available in Los Angeles this weekend, the Philippine embassy in Washington called on Filipinos in the US to patronize Philippine bananas.

“I call on our kababayans to patronize our own by buying highland cavendish bananas from the Philippines that will be sold for the first time in select supermarkets in the Los Angeles area this weekend,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. said yesterday.

“For us to successfully penetrate the highly competitive US banana market, we need to show that there is a strong demand for highland cavendish from the Philippines,” he added.

Cuisia made the call after four other companies have expressed interest in penetrating the US market, which has long been dominated by banana-exporting countries in Latin America.